Charles III, King of the United Kingdom, who is currently celebrating his first year of reign, inaugurated the Scottish distillery 8 Doors, where he was interested in the presence of Casknolia barrels, produced and aged in the town of Montilla, in Cordoba from the company Tonelería del Sur.
According to the entity, the monarch, dressed in the typical Scottish kilt, was in the facilities of the distillery, which is named after the octagonal house of the famous John o’ Groats and is considered the northernmost place on the mainland and where the distillery is located Barrels “whose heads emit a characteristic orange flash” dominate.
In this regard, for a decade now, a “totally disruptive” cask model has been exported from the province of Córdoba, more precisely from Montilla, which marks a before and after in the whiskey and spirits sector. A model whose real name is Casknolia.
This company, owned by Tonelería del Sur, offers options for aging whiskey in barrels that “were unthinkable a decade ago”, says Rafa Cabello, manager and master cooper, that “Casknolia does not sell barrels, but flavors” . and classifies its product as a “Signature Barrel”.
It is “a brand of versatile barrels that alternate formats, carbonation levels and winemaking styles, offering distillers a wide range of aromas and flavors.” This philosophy is based on the traceability of all elements involved in the production of a barrel – wood, metal and wine – based, “breaks away from the traditional hermeticism and rigidity of this market and focuses on the total search for transparency.”
The company emphasizes that “the figure of His Majesty filling a barrel made in Montilla, birthplace of Pedro Ximénez, and vinified in the region’s wineries, represents an unprecedented paradigm shift that avoids the typical distancing and engulfment.” the most traditional whiskey sectors in Scotland.
It should be noted that Tonelería del Sur, with its Casknolia brand, was voted “Global Icon of Whiskey: Best Cooperage” at the World Whiskeys Awards held in London in March. It is one of the finalists for the Extenda Internationalization Awards in the export company category.
In addition, it was awarded the Prize for Innovation and Research in Crafts by the Junta de Andalucía (Jerez, 2021), among other awards from this company that exports to more than 30 countries and is present in particular in Ireland and Scotland.